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Farm Truck Driver Career Overview

Farm truck drivers are the transportation element of a farming operation.

They’re in charge of transporting meats and milk to processing plants as well as receiving product.

That means making sure it gets there in the right condition and completing the necessary delivery forms.

What responsibilities does a farm truck driver have?

  • In addition to the previous section, truck drivers also have to:
  • Routinely inspect their rigs before trips. Oil, gas, tires etc.
  • Cleaning the trailer
  • If a tarp is used, ensuring it’s fastened correctly and protecting the load
  • Driving livestock to market
  • Collecting samples for quality assurance
  • Monitoring conditions of livestock on the trip

How to become a farm truck driver

Folks interested in becoming a truck driver can take high school courses like agriculture education, driver’s education, mathematics, and science.

As far as education and training go:

  • Safety training
  • Sampler and weigher license
  • Tanker endorsement
  • CDL Class A
  • High school diploma

Work opportunities

Truck drivers can work for a variety of companies ranging from grain merchandising, chemical companies, co-ops, food and seed production.

Professional truck driving associations and organizations

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